5 Most Impressive Superstars in WWE TLC Match History
With WWE TLC 2012 only a few weeks away, I wanted to rewind time and recognize five of the most impressive and accomplished superstars in TLC match history.
In this list, I will be ranking the top five superstars who have competed in the most dangerous match in the WWE today.
Memorable moments, amount of appearances and number of victories (in no particular order of importance) helped me determine the rankings.
Kane may be a surprising entry to some people, but his TLC match on the October 27, 2002 episode of Raw cannot go unnoticed. Therefore, he comes in at No. 5 on the list.
In 2002, Kane and The Hurricane were the World Tag-Team Champions. Before the match, The Hurricane was attacked backstage, leaving Kane to defend the titles all by himself.
The final card: (c) Kane vs. Bubba Ray & Spike Dudley vs. Christian & Chris Jericho vs. Jeff Hardy & Rob Van Dam in a Tag-Team Fatal 4-Way TLC Match for the World Tag-Team Championships.
With the odds against him, Kane persevered and managed to climb the ladder and retain both titles for him and his missing partner.
Step aside Daniel Bryan, Kane was the "Tag-Team Champions" while you were still in Ring of Honor!
Kane's second TLC match came eight years later at the TLC 2010 PPV.
He would defend the World Heavyweight Championship in another Fatal 4-Way TLC match, this time, it was against Edge, Alberto Del Rio, and Rey Mysterio.
Edge won the match, and the World Heavyweight Championship.
Kane has an impressive TLC win percentage of 50 percent.
Overall Record: W 1 - L 1
4. Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho is no stranger to TLC matches. In fact, he's been in three Tag-Team TLC matches, all with different partners.
Jericho found success in his first TLC match, which was a Tag-Team Fatal 4-Way for the WWE Tag-Team Championships.
The match took place on the May 24, 2001 edition of SmackDown, which featured this lineup: (c) Chris Jericho & Chris Benoit vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Hardy Boyz vs. Edge & Christian.
This was an impressive victory, considering it was both Jericho and Benoit's very first TLC match.
In his second TLC match, Jericho teamed with fellow Canadian Christian on an episode of Monday Night Raw. They lost the Tag-Team Fatal 4-Way match to the eventual winner, Kane. (Explained in Slide 1.)
Jericho's third and final TLC match took place at the WWE TLC 2009 PPV. At the time, he and Big Show were the Unified WWE Tag-Team Champions.
Jeri-Show lost the Titles to the returning team of Shawn Michael's and Triple H, Degeneration X.
Chris Jericho has a mediocre TLC win percentage of 33 percent.
Overall Record: W 1 - L 2
3. CM Punk
CM Punk has been in two TLC matches since joining the WWE in 2006.
His first TLC match took place at SummerSlam 2009.
The match featured CM Punk going one-on-one with defending champion Jeff Hardy in a Singles TLC match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Hardy was a specialist in TLC matches; therefore, CM Punk was the underdog.
Throughout the match, the personal feud between Punk and Hardy really showed its true colors. It was dangerous, exciting, physical and featured cringe-worthy and memorable moments from start to finish.
Punk was victorious over Hardy.
His second TLC match was at the WWE TLC 2011 PPV.
The match featured the champion CM Punk taking on Alberto Del Rio and The Miz in a Triple Threat TLC Match for the WWE Championship.
Punk, once again, successfully retained the WWE title.
CM Punk has a perfect TLC win percentage of 100 percent.
Overall Record: W 2 - L 0
2. Jeff Hardy
The "Extreme Enigma" has been a part of five TLC matches, which is second most in WWE history.
His Tag-Team TLC matches include TLC I at SummerSlam, TLC II at WrestleMania 17, and a TLC match on an episode of SmackDown. Those three matches were for the WWE Tag-Team Titles, in which he partnered with his brother Matt.
Jeff has also been in a TLC match on Raw, which saw him tag with his close friend, Rob Van Dam.
When it comes to Singles TLC matches, Hardy has only been involved in one, and that was against CM Punk at SummerSlam 2009.
The reason why I have Jeff at the No. 2 spot on the list is because of two reasons: how many times he's competed in TLC matches, as well as the countless memories he's given us.
Whether it's performing a Swanton Bomb from a 20-foot ladder, or being Speared off a 20-foot ladder, Jeff Hardy always gave his best effort in every match he's been in.
Despite having zero victories in TLC matches, everybody remembers the moments Jeff Hardy gave to the WWE Universe at TLC.
Jeff Hardy has a surprising, yet disappointing TLC win percentage of 0 percent.
Overall Record: W 0 - L 5
It's no surprise that Edge takes the No. 1 spot on this list.
Edge has competed in seven TLC matches, which is a WWE record.
When it comes to Tag-Team TLC matches, Edge (tagging with Christian) has had his fair share of experience; he's participated in TLC I, TLC II, and a TLC match on SmackDown.
What's more impressive is the number of Singles TLC matches Edge has been a part of. He's gone one-on-one with Ric Flair, John Cena, and The Undertaker.
Also, he's competed in a Fatal 4-Way TLC match against Kane, Alberto Del Rio and Rey Mysterio, which he won.
Edge has high quality TLC victories over Ric Flair and The Undertaker.
John Cena is the only wrestler who has beaten Edge in a singles TLC match.
Edge has an amazing TLC win percentage of 71 percent.
Overall Record: W 5 - L 2
For the conclusion slide, I wanted to pay tribute to the three tag-teams that started it all.
The TLC match was conceptualized around three tag teams: The Dudley Boyz, Hardy Boyz, and Edge & Christian. These teams were known for incorporating each particular weapon into their own unique set of style.
The Dudley Boyz mastered the art of putting people through tables. Win or lose, they were not satisfied until someone was smashed through some wood.
The Hardy Boyz were high-flying daredevils who thrived on using ladders to their advantage. Matt and Jeff had a motto that stated the higher the risk, the bigger the reward.
Edge & Christian became notable for using steel chairs as weapons. They would use chairs, often in tandem, to cripple and easily defeat their opponents.
The very first TLC match took place at SummerSlam 2000. It was so successful, that the WWE booked the exact same match a year later, titled TLC II, at WrestleMania 17.
Edge & Christian were victorious in both matches, which saw them capture the WWE Tag-Team Championships.
TLC II won the PWI Match of the Year award in 2001.
These three teams helped revolutionize the TLC match and their unbelievable sacrifices have made it what it is today.
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